In Wisconsin, Registered Nurses (RNs) are required to complete a survey when renewing their license. This 2012 summary unveils the characteristics of the 78,159 RN’s in the state.
The information reported provides invaluable insight into Wisconsin’s registered nurses, who represent the single largest group of health care workers in the state.
This information, selected with input from a data collaborative including DWD, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Department of Safety and Professional Services, as well as other affiliated
health care associations, highlights the issues and concerns of a wide range of institutions in the health care delivery system.
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The data reported in this publication reflect the results of a survey mandated under Chapter 106.30 of the Wisconsin Statutes for all registered nurses (RNs) in Wisconsin.
The survey was conducted as an element in the biannual license renewal requirement for the year 2012.
The mandate was communicated to nurses through numerous venues and organizations, as well as to employers.
Two forms of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey were utilized; an online version and a paper version.
The responses from both formats totaled 81,187. Data summarized in this overview include only responses from the online survey (n= 78,159).
This summary does not include responses from the paper survey (n= 3,028).
The 2012 survey instrument was constructed and processed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development,
and reflects improvements in both the design and implementation over the first mandated survey in 2010.
Members of the Wisconsin Health-care Workforce Data Collaborative, and experts from nursing organizations, contributed to the survey design.
The survey was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
The survey encompasses multiple characteristics of the registered nurse workforce, and contains all data elements of the
National Nursing Workforce Minimum Supply Dataset, as developed by The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Detailed analysis of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey is being carried out by nurse researchers for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing.
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On behalf of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and the many partnerships involved with the design, implementation and analysis of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey,
we wish to thank all who assisted with the survey, and the nurses of Wisconsin for completing it.
The cooperation and dedication of all involved will aid policy makers and others in assuring a sufficient, competent and diverse nursing workforce for the people of Wisconsin.
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Last updated 10/08/2013